OUR INSTRUCTORS

We have some of the most talented, passionate and dedicated instructors in the Seacoast area.  We are grateful every day for their commitment to our students...always learning, teaching, inspiring and helping our students grow as performers.

MANDY BARSTOW

Owner & Director | Jazz, Tap, Musical Theater, Lyrical, Ballet

  • 2001 Rochester Jaycees "Young Citizen of the Year"

  • Dance educator at Noble High School 2005-2006 school year

  • Choreographed Noble High School musicals 2005-2012, 2014

  • Taught Dance at TCCA 2016-present

  • Attended Dance Teacher Web Live Conference in CT August 2015

  • Attended Dance Teacher Summit in NYC July 2016

  • Has taught and choreographed award winning soloist and group performances at regional and national competitions

  • As Director of the Performance Troupe, the Studio has earned Team Spirit and Class Act Awards at several competitions in New England

  • Mentor in the Big Buddy program in Rochester from 1999-2006

  • On the Board for Rochester Main Street for three years; was Chair of Entertainment

  • Member of the Committee that started Rochester's family OctoberFest

  • Lead organizer for the Rochester Main Street's "Zombie Walk"

  • Was Entertainment Coordinator for National Night Out and Lilac Family Fun Fest

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NIKI KINNEAVY

Performance Troupe Director | Tap, Jazz, Lyrical

  • Instructor at Studio 109 since 2002

  • BS in Communications, M.Ed. from the University of New Hampshire

  • Member and Team Captain of the UNH Dance Team

  • Master classes with Savion Glover, Frank Hatchett and Gus Giordana

  • Recently attended the Dance Teacher Web Live convention in Connecticut where she studied with Aaron Turner, Liz Imperio and Alex Wong

  • Attended Dance Teacher Summit in NYC July 2016

  • Attended Dance Teacher Web Live Conference in CT August 2015

  • Choreographer of many local musicals including Treasure Island at Studio 109 and The Wizard Of Oz, Peter Pan, and The Wiz at Maple Wood Elementary School in Somersworth, NH where she is a 5th grade teacher

NICOLE FRAGALA

Adaptive, Intro. to Dance

  • M.Ed., BCBA

  • Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Curry College

  • Has worked in Early Supports and Services as a developmental educator specializing in program planning for young children with autism for five years

  • Has completed a Master's Degree in Special Education and a certification in teaching at the University of New Hampshire

  • While working in ESS, she studied with the Florida Institute of Technology's Graduate Professional Development program and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst

  • Her most recent work was as a classroom teacher for students with autism

  • Nicole currently works as an Assistant Behavioral Consultant for Constellations Behavioral

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SARAH LAMBERT

Ballet

  • 109 instructor since 2017.

  • 109 alumna - Sarah has been with studio since it opened in 1998.

  • Danced at Colby-Sawyer College all four years in their dance company (2011-2015).

  • Taught at New London Outing Club for two years during school.

  • Traveled to and has taken classes in NYC.

  • Performed at Disney!

  • Was featured on Christmas card in 2014 for a national dance competition company.

  • Volunteered for the alumni workshop at Studio 109 for the last two years.

BRIANNE TARLETON

Musical Theatre Instructor

  • Instructor at Studio 109 since 2018

  • Over 18 years of music and theatre experience beginning with ensembles and productions in her hometown of Somersworth, NH

  • Studied voice and music education at UNH starting in 2009

  • Has directed and accompanied school and church choirs for the past ten years

  • Adjudicated local choir competitions in the Seacoast region

  • Participated in shows during her time at Somersworth High School including Into the Woods and The Music Man

  • Teacher at Tri-City Christian Academy

  • Has co-written two full-length original mystery dinner theatre productions

  • Has coached high school vocalists who have made it through highly competitive auditions and to the NHMEA All-State Choral Festival

  • Has directed and produced numerous local school and church plays, dinner theatres, and musicals in the last ten years

MORGAN CHADWICK

Ballet, Pre-Pointe, Pointe

  • At age six, started training with Seacoast Ballet Company under Larry and Colleen Robertson

  • Studied at Ballet New England under Elisa Gerasin, Angela Carter and David Drummond 

  • Joined Northeastern Ballet Theater in 2008, trained under Lissa Curtis John Ling and director Edra Toth

  • Performed with Northeastern Ballet Theater in numerous ballets including The Nutcracker, Dracula, Pirate and the Gypsy, La Corsair, Midsummers Night Dream, Twelve Dancing Princesses, Cinderella  and Sleeping Beauty 

  • In 2013, traveled to England doing volunteer children's work 

  • Returned to Northeastern ballet theater in 2014 as staff teaching all ages

EMMA KATHERINE MANNION

​Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical

  • Teacher at Studio 109 since 2018

  • Trained for 15 years under the direction of Lisa Drouin Goff at Turning Pointe Center of Dance in Pembroke, NH 

  • Has been teaching numerous dance styles with a strong focus on ballet technique for the past four years

  • Completed a two year apprenticeship with Turning Pointe Center of Dance in 2016 

  • Has held and performed lead dance roles in The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Hello Dolly!, The Wizard of Oz, Grease and many more locally in southern NH 

  • Is producing and choreographing a benefit concert to support local nonprofit organizations in southern NH in the fall of 2018

  • Performed professionally from 2012-2017 in the US in locations such as Universal Studios, New York City, Disney World, Disney Land, Chicago, Boston, and Atlanta 

  • Produced, Choreographed, and Directed a benefit concert "A Night to Give Back" to support local/nonprofit women's shelters in southern NH in October of 2018

  • Started a latin ballroom group at The Health Club of Concord in August of 2018 after working with Arthur Murray's ballroom teacher training in Manchester, NH

SHARON HALL

Minis, Petitie Lyrical, Jazz

  • Instructor at Studio 109 since 2018

  • Over 18 years experience working with children ages 3-5 in multiple settings

  • Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education at Grand Canyon University

  • Pre- K 3 teacher at Tri-City Christian Academy since 2015

  • Assisted with Fall and Spring Dance at TCCA with Mandy Barstow

  • Co-Choreographed Peter Pan Jr. at TCCA in 2018

  • Completed workshop with Nsquared from NYC

  • Studied Liturgical Dance, Flags, Hip Hop, and Mime under the direction of Janine Myers

  • Completed multiple workshops focusing on Mime directed by Todd & Marilyn Farley

CAITLIN ERICSON

Acro, Conditioning

  • Started working at Studio 109 in 2018

  • Competitive USAG gymnast at Aim High Gymnastics Academy in RI

  • Coached competitive the compulsory J.O USAG team and was the head coach for the Xcel gymnastics team

  • Graduated with a degree in Kinesiology (exercise science) at the University of Rhode Island

  • Currently studying to become a Gymnastics Judge for USAG sanctioned gymnastics meets

NICK BETTY-NEAGLE

Contemporary, Ballet

  • Studio 109 instructor since 2019

  • BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College

  • Founded the NSquared Dance Company in 2014

  • Self-produced three shows in New York City and two domestic tours to Portland, Maine

  • Has shown works in over twenty five festivals and is a recurring choreographer for the Queensboro Dance Festival and the Moving Beauty Series, among others.

  • Resident choreographer for the Lower East Side Shakespeare Company, for which he was nominated for "Outstanding Choreography" in the 2016 Planet Connection Festival

  • Has won multiple awards at the 2017 Detroit City Dance Festival

  • His choreography has taken him and the company to Seattle, Detroit, Vermont, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Portland, and New Hampshire

  • Member of NH Collaborative Dance Arts located in Manchester, NH

ZACKERY BETTY-NEAGLE

Contemporary, Jazz

  • Studio 109 instructor since 2019

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College with a concentration in Jazz

  • Co-Artistic Director for NSquared Dance, partnering with Artistic Director, Nick Neagle 

  • Toured to Seattle, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh & Baltimore

  • Has set various works of choreography on the company as well as taught in various cities with NSquared 

  • Seasoned dancer with Keigwin & Co. a prestigious New York City dance company  

  • Embarked on a month long exchange tour to Africa with Keigwin & Co. with additional thanks to The US State Department and Brooklyn Academy of Music

  • Performed on stages such as the Joyce Theater, Symphony Space, and New York City Center

  • Member and guest dancer with Tami Stronach Dance, Project 44, & City Ballet of Boston 

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OUR OFFICE STAFF

STEPHANIE JONES

Business Manager, Instructor - Minis, Petite/Junior Tap

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Management

  • Studio 109 business manager since 2014

  • Involved with Studio 109 since it opened its doors in 1998 until 2010 handling office management and teaching dance classes, alongside her sister, Mandy and mother, Jennifer.

  • Stephanie has been a preschool teacher assistant, and teacher, at KAFB in Okinawa, Japan.

  • She also was an assistant teacher at a private family school in New Mexico.

  • Attended Dance Teacher Web Live Conference in CT August 2015

  • Stephanie's past customer service and management skills are credited to working as a manager at a globally known specialty clothing store, office manager at a small advertising company, supervisory experience at a big box retail and a reservationist, ticket agent and ramp agent with the fourth largest commuter airline in the world.

  • She has had the privilege of watching her two older daughters, Jenny and Josie; who is a current choreographer, dance at Studio 109, and now has the opportunity to watch her youngest of eight, Siena, do the same. She is one of the "original" competition team moms.  The love of dance just runs in the family!

MICHELLE SANFACON

Billing / Accounts Manager

  • Accounts Manager at Studio 109 since 2012

  • 32 years of customer service experience

  • Nine years of accounting; and payroll, experience in all aspects of business

  • Attended Dance Teacher Web Live Conference in CT August 2015

  • Involved with Studio 109 since its first year of business in 1998 when she signed her daughter Nicole, a former instructor, up for lessons 19 years ago.  She is one of the "original” competition team moms...and a very proud one!

  • Michelle enjoys every aspect of her position at Studio 109 including, the students, the parents, the atmosphere.  She also enjoys taking dance classes herself.  She is a "grande" supporter of all Studio 109 students from class time to competitions.

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MAILING: 73 Pickering Road, Suite B96 | Gonic, NH 03839

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Tel: (603) 335-7022

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